Krabi province boasts the most dramatic seascapes you’re likely to see anywhere. It’s more of a down-to-earth destination than nearby Phuket, with the main draw being the striking natural beauty of the limestone karst formations rising out of the sea, adding atmosphere to the beaches at Ao Nang, Railay and the world-famous Phi Phi islands.
Although you’ll find a good selection of hotels and tourist services, Krabi is less developed and has more of a family orientation than other Thai resorts. Nightlife features less prominently, with the area’s spas being a more popular attraction. It’s favoured by visitors from Scandinavia and continental Europe.
Attractions & Activities
There’s plenty to aim your camera at in Krabi, from the world-famous limestone karst formations to secluded and exotic islands in the Andaman Sea with sea gyspies and snorkelling…more
There’s a wide range of lodging options and settings in Krabi including backpacker hostels and five star resorts, and you’re spoilt for choice with our online booking selection…more
Restaurants & Bars
Krabi is the perfect place to enjoy some great seafood, sample some local specialties and indulge in a drink or two when the sun goes down with a variety of lively clubs and bars…more
One hour from Phuket Airport by car or a ferry ride to Phi Phi, Lanta or Phuket Town, Krabi is easy to get to and boasts direct flight connections with Kuala Lumpur and Bangkok…more
Krabi guide – karst cliffs and high-end spa resorts
The Andaman Sea area is famous for its karst formations that jut up out of the sea. At times stark and sometimes covered with forest, these rocky shapes are everywhere. From Ao Nang Beach, you’ll have stunning views of the many small islands and outcroppings, enticing climbers and curious day-trippers.
Tour operators in Ao Nang and Krabi Town offer boat excursions to most offshore destinations. Trips to Koh Phi Phi and Phang Nga Bay are usually at the top of the list for most tourists. You’ll also find great beaches for relaxing and chances to hike and explore both along the coast and on the islands offshore. Rock climbing on the limestone cliffs is popular, as is kayaking around the islands and in caves. Snorkelling and scuba diving are big draws all along the Andaman coastline.
The resort area of Ao Nang attracts the most tourists, offering a good selection of hotels, spas, restaurants, bars and tour operators. Koh Lanta, to the south, also has an expanding range of services and is a fine choice for families and anyone looking for a quieter spot. Phi Phi Don has limited lodging options, while centrally located Krabi Town lacks a beach but has some comfortable places to stay with local Thai character.
Two airports service the Andaman Coast; Krabi Airport sees flights from Bangkok, KL Singapore whilt Phuket Airport, an hour’s drive away, is served by a huge range of domestic and international operators. Ferries run between Phuket and Krabi several times a day, but by land you have more options with a similar journey time.
This short tourist guide to Krabi is condensed from our partner site 1stopkrabi, featuring useful information on this popular tourist destination.